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Akron City Hospital reopens after power outage shutdown

8:50 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- Akron City Hospital reopened early Friday morning after a power outage closed the hospital to incoming patients Thursday night.

The outage started as a transformer substation fire at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Backup generators immediately began powering the hospital, but the facility closed to incoming patients, focusing only on patients already in the hospital.

At one point, people in hospital elevators were stuck and needed to be rescued, according to Akron police.

Early Friday morning, officials held a meeting about the transformer, deciding how soon power could be restored at the hospital. At one point, evacuating the hospital was considered as an option.

By 3 a.m., officials found that the transformer was fit to run. Power was restored and normal operations resumed.

A hospital spokesman said patient care was not impacted by the outage.

There is no word on how the fire started.


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